43 Date-Night Ideas
Give yourselves the VIP treatment, without the price tag:
Go for an all day hike. Check out trails.com for a listing of nearby
treks and get lost in the woods together.
Sip some fine wine. Find out if your local wine or liquor store hosts
tasting nights. It's only expensive if you buy! Other specialty stores hold
tastings, too. Check out chocolate stores, cheese shops, or ethnic food
Get sweaty together. It'll feel less like a chore and more like a
we're in this together moment when you help each other to get your hearts
pumping and cheer each other along. Or try couples yoga: Twisting your body
into pretzel poses will bring you closer together in every way.
Visit the museum. Museumstuff.com has links to thousands of art
institutions in America and abroad; the Art Museum Network at amn.org lists
links to the Websites and exhibition calendars of the world's leading art
museums; and galleryguide.org will help you easily locate an art venue near
you. If art really isn't your (or his) thing, don't overlook other kinds of
exhibits, such as the history of hockey, or even surgical equipment! One good
source for the weird and wild: museumspot.com.
Go camping overnight. There's no TV to interrupt your conversation,
and the night is long, so you can retire early to your sleeping bags (zipped
together, of course).
Spend an afternoon test driving cars, viewing model homes, or window
shopping. Even if you have no interest in making a purchase now, these
activities can kick start discussions about your goals. New lovers are always
dreaming together about the things they want to achieve: exotic trips, houses,
children. As love matures, you become more focused on the here and now —
attending school meetings, folding socks — and forget to write the next chapter
of your love story, or think you don't have to because you've already discussed
it all before. But continually setting shared goals gives love something to
work toward and shape itself around.
Give in to the undeniably romantic allure of watching the sun go
down. Head to the highest point in town, and when the light is romance
perfect for enhancing your sensuous mood, turn the scenic view into a
background for a make out session.
Romance Each Other
Reconnect with these so sweet ideas:
Relive your first date. Follow the same itinerary and include as many
of the original details as possible. Even though you know how the night will
end this time around, recalling how you talked, explored, and began your
lifelong journey of getting to know each other can remind you that there is
still much to learn — about yourselves and your relationship.